Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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What McBride brings to an otherwise “straight” account is a strongly opinionated present-day narrator, who keeps intervening with ironic commentary about the story. I enjoyed this collection, especially the stories, where bad men are put to a gruesome end, richly deserved. They touched on themes of domestic abuse, motherhood, sexuality, miscarriages, homophobia, mental health, love, trickery and deception.

There's nothing wrong with this story, but it didn't particularly excite or amuse me, hence my rating.At the heart of each mystical story is a woman, who, often on the cusp of a new beginning, remains haunted by traumas from her past. The cover art is wonderful and I loved the fact that they went with the name HAG to try and reclaim the insult to women. DARK, POTENT AND UNCANNY, HAG BURSTS WITH THE UNTOLD STORIES OF OUR ISLES, CAPTURED IN VOICES AS VARIED AS THEY ARE VIVID. However I managed to take something from each story, whether it was a welcome something is another matter.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The stories all had links to the mythology present in their original tales, but with over arching themes of nature and feminism. They start working on renovating and also how to make a profit from selling cheese and milk and the likes. If any of the authors in the title seem familiar to you, trust that the others will be equally pleasing. The folktales take you across the country from Suffolk and green children, to boggarts in Yorkshire, Panthers in Stafford, selkies in Orkney and more.

One of the things that set us apart from the other creatures of the planet is our ability to tell stories and to imagine ourselves in the place of others. An appendix at the end presents the folktales upon which the commissioned authors worked their contemporary magic.

The echoes between stories give the collection a wonderfully satisfying cohesion, so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.The daughter of a Trinidadian father and an Irish mother, Rosheen leaves Killarney in the 60s to seek her luck on a farm in Norfolk. Meanwhile Emma Glass’s ‘The Dampness Is Spreading’ approaches the tale of the fairy midwife by turning it into the story of an exhausted hospital worker haunted by grim thoughts, leaving us unsure what is real – much like her novel Rest and Be Thankful. Loved learning about some lesser known folktales, and combining that with samples of writing from authors new to me. Irenosen Okojie’s Rosheen is based on the Norfolk tale of The Dauntless Girl, but the eponymous protagonist is Okojie’s creation.

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